Who is Joyce Carol Oates?

  • (noun): United States writer (born in 1938).
    Synonyms: Oates

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Her novel them (1969) won the National Book Award, and her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), and Blonde (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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    Old women snore violently. They are like bodies into which bizarre animals have crept at night; the animals are vicious, bawdy, noisy. How they snore! There is no shame to their snoring. Old women turn into old men.
    Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    The worst cynicism: a belief in luck
    Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    Prose—it might be speculated—is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of “communication”; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds.
    —Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    Nothing is accidental in the universe—this is one of my Laws of Physics—except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
    —Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
    Bible: New Testament Jesus, in John, 15:13.

    In Ulysses, James Joyce wrote, “Greater love than this ... no man hath that a man lay down his wife for his friend.”

    Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting, just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis, more than it is about winning.
    —Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)